2018 Tournament Results
10/20/2018 Decatur Open
It was a bit breezy (finished with wind gusts up to 40 mph) on Saturday for the fall Decatur open tournament. 16 boats enter the tournament, but unfortunately less than that survived the day fully intact. Several boats hit a underwater pipe from the dredging operation and sustained severe damage to their engines. We wish them speedy repair and are extremely thankful no one was seriously injured.
The team of Brian Cleveland and Chad Napier won the tournament with a weight of 8.74 pounds despite being one of the teams with a damaged boat. Second place went to Jett Lapin with a weight of 8.08 pounds. Jett also won big fish landing a black crappie at 1.80 pounds. Third place went to the father/son combination of Brian and Eli Plank with a total weight of 7.82 pounds. The final payout was for fourth-place for Gabe Fairfield and Greg Lindsley with 7.80 pounds of crappie.
Lake Decatur is one of the best lakes in the area for big crappie with almost half of the field weighing more than 7 pounds of fish for 7 fish. The weights may have even been even higher if the weather had cooperated. The next tournament is a club tournament at Clinton Lake on November 3. There are only two club tournaments left this year to increase your standings in the angler of the year competition.
Tom Fermanian - Sec.
Central Illinois Crappie Club
6/3/18 Mill Creek Club
For a new lake the club didn't do bad. 15 boats entered the tournaments under sunny skies and a slight wind. Fish were caught in a range of situations, but mostly in submerged cover in depth of 6-14 feet.The winning team of Carr/Cox weighed 7.29 lbs of fish and had the big fish at 1.40 pounds. Second place At 6.48 lbs went to the team of Shelby/Hopkins. Foran/Chervinko took third place at 4.81 lbs. Fourth place went to the team of Bristle/Hari weighing 4.24 lbs of fish.
Tournament Director Bud York announced that this would be that his last tournament so the club is looking for volunteers for this position.
Tom Fermanian, Secretary
5/20/18 Shelbyville Club
Another CICC club tournament is in the books. Sunday morning turned out to be a very pleasant, low wind, partly cloudy day with a mid-morning thunderstorm. 19 boats participated in the tournament with 7 boats weighing more than 6 pounds of crappie. The winning team of Andy Roberts and Ryan Stephens had a weight of 7.47 pounds with 7 very similar fish. Josh Nast and Dustin Reynolds were second with a weight of 7.32 pounds. Third place went to the team of John Carr and Roger Cox with 7.26 pounds.
The next tournament and last of the spring season will be at Mill Creek Lake on June 3. This lake was selected by the membership at our winter meeting and will be a first time for a club tournament. Area biologist Mike Mounce has indicated that very large crappie have been surveyed in the lake so it should be a very exciting competition.
Tom Fermanian, Secretary
5/12/18 Shelbyville Open (Sullivan/Moultrie Crappie Classic)
4/28/18 Decatur Club
Despite a little wind our club members did quite well at our 4/28/2018 Lake Decatur Club tournament.
We would especially like to thank those members that brought a youth to fish with them. This is the highest amount of fishing youth at any of our tournaments. Way to go getting those kids out there!!!
**Angler of the Year Race**
Trent and Shawn Trudeau continue to remain at the top of our B'n'M Poles Angler or the Year contest. Keep it up because several teams are right behind you… (Remember – you only keep your 4 best Club Tournament weights at the end of the season. That means everyone is still in the Race!!!)
**BIG Fish Race**
Congratulations to John Carr and Roger Cox for weighing in a 1.56lb crappie to jump to the front of the Big Fish of the Year Race
4/15/18 Clinton Open/Exelon Mega
The club would like to thank Exelon for their continued support of this tournament. With any cooperation at all from the weather we will make this event a 60-100 boat tournament.
Statistics for the April 15th 2018 Exelon Tournament:
Water Temperature: 70 degrees at the hot water discharge -- 50 degrees at the dam
Wind: 15 mph SW
Overcast with drizzle
We increased our participation from 37 to 42 boats. Given the pre-tournament wind and weather conditions, we think that's pretty good.
We paid out 8 places and the fishing was so tough it only took 4# to get a check. Only 8 teams managed a 7 fish limit. The winner had less than 5# and we weighed 5 fish over 1#. 84 fishermen caught 105 fish that weighed 61.17#. Almost all those fish were returned to the lake alive to be caught again. Thanks for taking good care of your fish.
Would like to thank Exelon again for sticking with us through this nasty spring as well as all the dedicated fishermen that toughed it out. Would especially like to thank the teams that notified us when they left early.
Don't forget Decatur Club tournament on April 28th.
Bud York, Tournament Director
3/25/18 Clinton Club
Fellow Club Members:
Wow!!! After a shaky start with way too much confusion, we finally got the 2018 Kick Off tournament in the books. Most of the confusion was my fault. I'm sorry and assure you that things will get better and go smoother. If any member left angry because of the decision to fish, please don't give up on us yet, we will get better. I was really surprised at the number of dedicated fishermen that showed up and wanted to fish and I believe it was the right call to go forward. The biggest reason not to cancel a tournament on Clinton is because it is almost impossible to reschedule because all the dates are already taken.
Anyway, hats off to the very tough and determined group that stuck it out and survived the day. Actually, there was a pretty good bite and most every team found the right pattern to catch fish. As usual the Trudeau team and the team of Nugent/Zehr led the way. They were tied with 4.57#. If you hope to win any tournament on Clinton, you have to understand that you will need to beat these two teams. Following close in 3rd and 4th place were two teams that spend a lot of time on the lake guiding and they were separated by only .01 of a pound. Josh Nast and Dustin Reynolds were third with 4.03# and Terry Davis and Wilson were fourth with 4.02#. These guys had been catching better fish earlier in the week but thought that the triple whammy of the extreme cold front, along with 15mph northeast winds and the power plant going on idle made catching the bigger fish a lot tougher. Our own club president Greg Foley finished in 5th place with 3.99# Mike Peck and McCullough finished out the top 6 with 3.88# along with big fish of the day at .88#. The rest of the field looked like this: Perennial losers, Bud York and Andy Roberts were 7th with 3.77, the team of Garrett/Kaiser was 8th with 3.61#, the Schrader brothers are back and finished in 9th place with 2.38# and Tom Fermanian fishing by himself had 1.48# for 10th place. New team David and Tina Thomas, the hard core team of Steve Peck and Jenni Price and the Goodbrake boys did not weigh. Overall there were lots of fish caught and it surprised me that every team discovered the deep pattern of 18-22' in very small areas within the structure. I would like to congratulate everybody that stuck it out and remind them of the Clinton Mega tournament on April 15th with a guaranteed payout of over $1500.00 The bite will be better then, the fish will be bigger, the warm water area will be opened after April 1st, and hopefully we will have better weather.
Also, please remember to check out or let someone know if you are leaving early. We want to know that you are safe. Additionally, don't forget to weigh in for Angler of the Year points, even small weights may make a difference.
Lastly, don't forget to stick around for raffle prizes. This tournament we awarded an assortment of Andy's handmade jigs, a product package that was donated by Jenko Fishing, and an Ozark Crappie Rod. Thanks again to everybody that fished. Also, we have prizes for youth competitors for every club tournament. So please encourage the kids to join you!
Bud York Tournament Director